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Dr. James McCarter is an experienced executive and researcher with a track-record of success in early-stage life-science technology companies. Most recently, he led research and clinical operations for San Francisco-based Virta Health, a tech-enabled nationwide medical provider that delivers the first clinically-proven treatment to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes without medications or surgery. Dr. McCarter directed the Virta - Indiana University Health clinical trial proving reversal of diabetes resulting in changes to the American Diabetes Association standards of care and consensus statement on nutrition in 2019. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the venture fund BioGenerator. Previously, Dr. McCarter was the Founder, President, and Chief Scientific Officer of Divergence, Inc., a front-runner in the application of genomics to infectious disease and agriculture. The Company’s numerous discoveries led to products in agriculture and veterinary diagnostics. Divergence was acquired by Monsanto where he was an executive in chemistry technology and with the Company’s venture arm, Monsanto Growth Ventures. Dr. McCarter chairs the scientific advisory board for start-up Readout, Inc. and is a board observer for Neurolutions, Inc., both medical device companies. Dr. McCarter completed his undergraduate study in biology at Princeton University, his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Washington University and his post-doctoral training at the Washington University Genome Institute, leading an international genome sequencing consortium. He is the founder of Washington University’s Young Scientist Program providing disadvantaged students access to scientific careers and serves on the University’s National Council for the School of Medicine. He is an author of over 60 scientific publications and patents and has served on over one dozen non-profit boards and professional advisory boards including two World Health Organization panels. Dr. McCarter is a recipient of the Innovation Award from the Academy of Science of St. Louis and is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. He and his wife, also a doctor, have two teenage sons. The family lives in the City of St. Louis and farms in nearby Labadie Missouri.